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  1. Could the Allies have held Rabaul?

    William Dobbie - was a very old officer in 1941 and I think he was pretty good in Malta - the Locals apparently appreciated his religious 'bent' He might have been good for Malaya but he like Percival knew what was required - Percival was his COS in 1936 and wrote an appreciation of what...
  2. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    You are quite right it was Rover! They and RR famously exchanged projects/responsibilities and 'factory's' over a gentleman's hand shake I used to work for Halfords many moons ago - the thought of them involved in jet engines <Shudders>
  3. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Regarding Meteor Halfords were originally one of the leading firms involved in Jet Engine development RR not unsurprisingly were originally the leading firm involved in the development of Meteor OTL they eventually swapped - with Meteor going to Halfords and RR who were better suited...
  4. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    And whatever horrors they have conjured from their foolish dalliances with the occult
  5. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Damn it I came 'THAT' close to putting in a picture of a Leman Russ and a Land Raider
  6. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    How....dare you SIR!!!! <to TOG 1 in a 'talking to a cute puppy voice'> Don't listen to the bad man - your perfect - yes you are - yes you are - who is a pretty trench crossing AFV then? ......yes I have been self isolating for 5 months ;)
  7. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Its so beautiful :'(
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    HMS TOG 1
  9. Could the Allies have held Rabaul?

    Hopefully with the increase in Australian forces Blamey would become overall commander and with his veteren Divisions and experienced staff officers be more than happy to do a Matador. And let Percival do what he is good at - hunting down insurgents and the like. As for air commander - Stuffy...
  10. Could the Allies have held Rabaul?

    I think its best 'held' at the Kra Isthmus and if that is not possible then not at all and fall right back
  11. Could the Allies have held Rabaul?

    Any reinforcements in terms of Ground forces and airpower would have to come from the British Commonwealth during 1941 - the USA has not yet got into its military rearmament 'stride' in 1941 - nor has its military industry really kicked in at this point either. 'The Empire' in terms of air and...
  12. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    So it seems to me that the 'HE' issue is 2 fold One a bigger gun - 2 pounder is never going to cut it 75mm / 3" seems to be the bench mark we should be aiming at - anything lighter is always going to be ineffective The problem is that tanks in the late 30s could have a large short...
  13. Could the Allies have held Rabaul?

    The other aspect is that several British and possibly 1 or 2 Canadian Divisions are released from the UK garrison during the period where Japan occupies the rest of FIC - replacing the 2nd AID forces and possibly the NZ Divisions/Indian Army divisions in the North African and East African Fronts...
  14. What would a 1970s nuclear battleship look like?

    Yep it would look like a Kirov Rapid fire 'automatic' artillery in the 6" to 8" calibre range and a bucket load of offensive and defensive missiles backed up by CIWS when that matures along with manned 20mm - 57mm DP cannon system - all depending on the Navy
  15. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Sorry I was reacting to you claiming the gun had 'limited accuracy' - if you are only referring to the SABOT round then fair enough - that was an issue not resolved until after the war Mind you there was little the standard AP round could not handle and was accurate (generally if they could see...
  16. Britain's reaction to the invasion of French Indochina in 1941?

    Fair enough What the British did was increase the size of the Malaya Garrison from a Brigade to 7 Brigades in 3 divisions (The very green and under equipped 8th and 11th Indian and the green 8th Australian) and split the 3rd Australian Brigade of the 8th AID among 3 'barrier' sites (Ambon...
  17. Britain's reaction to the invasion of French Indochina in 1941?

    .....They did.....the USA sanctioned the fuck out of the Japanese.....froze assets and turned off the oil in the hope that the Japanese would see sense The Japanese instead climbed a mountain.....and broke their swords upon it
  18. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Not during the war as I understand it. Anyway the Sabot and HE thing is not really an issue as very few tanks encountered from late 44 when issued warranted a sabot and while the HE wasn’t as good as it could have been it was still a Big Bang and in late 44 for every 17 pounder armed AFV there...
  19. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    limited accuracy? It could put rounds into a 12 by 18” area at 1500 meters. So in other words more accurate than most at guns with exception of the 76mm at that range. The sabot was only really needed for the biggest of cats but they were rarely encountered. The lack of accuracy of the sabot...
  20. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The reliability issues particularly early war was down to the tanks being rushed to being sent abroad and turning up In North Africa often missing parts and arriving without spares, tools and manuals. Broken down tanks were often fixed using parts stripped from non runners. Those parts...